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Memorial Day Service

Posted 6/1/2017

Hesston Record Staff

This Memorial Day, just over 100 Hesstonians gathered at Hesston Cemetery to honor veterans and loved ones who have passed on.

The address, given by Dr. Rev. Gary Blaine, focused on the moral choices that soldiers must make while in the field.

“We have gathered in Hesston, Kansas, to celebrate the patriotism and moral excellence of women and men who died in military service for their country.” said Blaine during his address.

Blaine emphasized military men and women in combat face moral and ethical challenges every moment.

“The words courageous, brave and patriotic easily flow off our tongues. Those are important words and surly we honor their heroic and intrepid sacrifices. I also invite us today to bend our respect to these military warriors who are also moral agents. They are men and women who made ethical choices throughout their entire military career - most sharply on the field of battle,” Blaine continued.

Blaine said the modesty of many soldiers, through “just following orders” or “doing what they were trained to do” in itself represents a complex moral framework. 

Blaine relayed the story of a Viet Nam veteran he only called Jim, a man he met through a Viet Nam veterans support group. 

Jim came face-to-face with the worst guerrilla tactic, child suicide bombers.  Jim took aim and shot an eight-year-old boy who did not obey his orders to stop.  The boy, and t he bomb strapped to his back, exploded before reaching Jim and his platoon.

“Jim carried that memory for the rest of his life.  It is easy to declare how horribly that story is - and it is despicable. I can even imagine that some would condemn Jim for his actions. But I do not.

“I honor him for his conscience and his courage to make a moral choice for the safety of his squad and platoon. It was a moral choice in the most dangerous of circumstances,” said Blaine.

Blaine then told the story of Commander Howard Walter Gilmore, Commander of the USS Growler in World War II. The submarine rammed a Japanese ship and came under fire.  Gilmore was wounded and could not escape below deck with his crew.  Blaine said Gilmore’s final order was “take her down,” knowing he would perish.

“I’m wondering if you can imagine the conflicted moral sense the crew felt as they followed his order, knowing their commander would die,” said Blaine.

Blaine continued, “I believe that all battlefield ethics are conflicted. They are not without doubt, without competing moral options or without flaws due to inadequate intelligence or self-interest.”

However, Blaine said he believed no soldier would be condemned for his or her choices under fire or “because he or she did not make pristine ethical decisions.”

While those who died in battle will not be condemned, Blaine said, the soldiers who survive combat also face ongoing struggles.

“We must honor those who survived warfare and question their decisions they made. Some will suffer survivor’s guilt and wonder why their lives were spared.  Please understand this is not just a dynamic of grief - is a profound doubt of one’s character and integrity,” he said.

Blaine called for those in attendance to continue to honor veterans who died both at home and on the battle field.

“We remember those who sacrificed their lives for a cause greater than their own. We honor those who left their bodies in trenches, on islands, in deserts, mountains and the depths of the sea.” 

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Renowned Kansas Author Coming Home To HPL

Posted 6/1/2017

Hesston Record Staff

Kansas Noteable Book author Janelle (Roupp) Diller will be returning to her hometown for a book signing at Hesston Public Library on June 7 at 10 a.m.

Diller, whose work, Never Enough Flamingos, was one of only 15 books selected across all generas as a 2017 Kansas Notable Book.

“They choose 15 outstanding titles either by Kansas authors or on Kansas-related topics,” said Hesston Public Library Director Libby Albers.

Albers said Diller will not only be coming for a signing, but she is also donating one of her total collections to Hesston Public Library.

Diller said she is returning to Hesston to take part in the Nerd Camp Kansas, a consortium of elementary and middle school librarians hosted at Hesston High the first full week in June.

“I love catching up with friends and family in Hesston. The Nerd Camp Kansas on Tuesday looks like a ton of fun too,” she said.

Diller, a jack-of-all-genres, said her variety of audiences keeps her work fresh.

“The first piece of advice an agent or publisher will tell a new author is stick with a single genera since it makes it easier to build a following.

“Which means, I guess, I should’t have written a political thriller, followed by a historical coming-of-age story with some children’s books in between,” she said.

Diller said she plans to continue branching out and pushing herself as a writer.

“I’m just having fun. If you read authors who only write one kind of book, they start to sound formulaic and tired. For me, writing books for both children and adults keeps both fresher,” she said.

The last time Diller was in Hesston, she hosted a signing for her Pack and Go Girls series in September at Hesston Elementary School.  This time, she will be presenting the debut of “Never Enough Sisters,” the sequel to “Never Enough Flamingos.”

“The second book in my trilogy is launching in June, so this seemed like a perfect time to get the word out,” she said.

Diller added Hesstonians will have a special opportunity to get a copy of “Never Enough Sisters” before it hits the wider market.

“I hope the third book in my trilogy, “Never Enough Lilacs,” will be out in late 2017,” she said.

As a writer, Diller said it is important to her to continue to tackle difficult social issues.

“Although the trilogy is about Mennonite and it does take place in Kansas during t he Depression, it’s about so much more.

“It’s about power and hierarchy; it’s about making difficult choices when we could look away and pretend nothing is happening. it’s about the price we pay when we do nothing,” she said.

While the book is a historical fiction, she said readers can relate to the key points.

“It echoes the larger story of what was happening in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s - and sadly - what’s happening today in the world.  I wish the themes weren’t so timeless,” she said.

Even her children’s books challenge young readers with new ideas and battle social convention.

“They have important themes such as confronting prejudice, dealing with fears and finding courage,” she said.

The Pack and Go Girls are aimed at children ranging from elementary school to early middle school.

Albers said having such a  successful local author can be encouraging for other aspiring  authors and hopes to make Diller a regular at Hesston Public Library.

“We are talking in the future about having her back this fall to do a writing workshop for some additional programming-related activities,” said Albers.

Diller is a graduate of Hesston High School and Hesston College. She married Hesstonian Steve Diller.  Today she divides her time between sailboating around Mexico and a home in Colorado.

Her parents were Milford and Rosie Roupp and her in-laws are Ivan and Doris Diller, all of Hesston. 

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Bethel Helps Student Navigate A Rough Road

Posted 6/1/2017

by Melanie Zuercher

 NORTH NEWTON – When Morgan Schrock walked across the platform May 21 to receive her diploma from Bethel College, she finished a journey that had more roadblocks than she might have imagined.

 Schrock, of Hesston, earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, with honors, and already has a job lined up in the medical-surgical unit at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.

 But there was a time when she wondered if she’d ever see this day.

 Schrock grew up in a Mennonite family, attending First Mennonite Church of Christian in Moundridge with her family for her first few years of life, and then Whitestone Mennonite Church after they moved to Hesston.

 Her church’s and her parents’ teachings were a big part of why “I always wanted to help people,” she says.

 However, when she thought about a future career, it wasn’t necessarily nursing – until, in Schrock’s junior year at Hesston High School, her mother, Rhonda, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

 “The nurses who took care of her [at Newton Medical Center] were great,” Morgan Schrock says, “and that got me interested in nursing.”

 After graduating from high school in 2012, Schrock went to Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. For the first two years, she says, “everything went great.” She completed her prerequisites and was accepted into the nursing program as a junior.

 Then, in her second semester, in spring 2015, “we began to notice things were different than in the first semester. We started to hear rumors that our program would lose its accreditation – but when we asked, our instructors would tell us, ‘We are in the middle of switching our accreditation.’

 “[In late February 2015,] we were pulled into a meeting and told that, because of the switch, [the program] would be losing its accreditation as of the first of March.

 “I felt hopeless. I didn’t know what to do. I called my mom and told her I’d have to find somewhere else to go to school, or else I’d have to work at Salina Regional Medical Center for the rest of my life, because they were the only ones who would now accept [our degree].”

 Her mother suggested she look at several other area nursing programs. She did, but for a variety of reasons, they would have required her to go back almost to the beginning.

 What Rhonda Schrock remembers is getting off the phone with her daughter, feeling helpless, and “saying a prayer” for things to somehow work out. She got in her car to run an errand – and heard a radio ad for the Bethel College nursing program.

 “I knew it was God letting me know there were answers.”

 “My mom called me back and said, ‘What about Bethel?’,” Morgan Schrock recalls. “So I started looking at Bethel.”

 Heather Moore, Bethel’s nursing admissions administrator, asked Schrock to send the syllabi for her current coursework at Kansas Wesleyan, “and they would figure everything out. They did – when and how I could take the classes I needed, what credits I already had that would transfer. It made the transfer painless.

To read more, see this weeks print edition

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Scammer Poses As Sheriff’s Office

Posted 6/1/2017

By Jared Janzen

 NEWTON—The Harvey County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a scam where someone claiming to be from their office is calling people saying they have a warrant and need to pay a certain amount of money to avoid arrest.

“We know for a fact this is a scam,” said Melissa Flavin, public information office for the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office received three reports on May 23 from Harvey County residents who had received a call like this. All three reports came within an hour of each other.

The story varied slightly each time, but according to Flavin, the caller would tell people they had one or more warrant for their arrest due to missing jury duty or missing a subpoenaed court appearance. The scammer asked the potential victims to meet in person to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,900.22.

Flavin said this is not how the sheriff’s office handles warrants. They do not make phone calls but instead show up directly at a person’s house and take that person into custody when they have a warrant. Furthermore, she said a person cannot pay off a warrant without going to jail first.

The sheriff’s department is not currently using any other means to let people know they have a warrant, although in the past they would send postcards. Flavin said people with warrants issued against them are generally aware of the reason without notification because they know they did something wrong.

“Usually if someone has a warrant they should have an inkling of it,” she said.

Common reasons for warrants are if a person does not pay a medical bill or traffic ticket. As for the scammer’s claim of a warrant for missing jury duty, Flavin said she’s never known the sheriff’s office to issue one of these, although it would be possible.

The scammer had also asked his potential victims to give their phone number, which Flavin pointed out is obviously unnecessary because the scammer should already know the number if he’d dialed it.

Flavin said the sheriff’s office has seen similar scams as this one in the past, but not recently. She said scams usually cycle according to the time of year, such as IRS scams during tax time and travel scams during the summer.

She had several pieces of advice for people who receive suspicious phone calls. First, ask questions. In the case of this scam, she recommended asking for the purported deputy’s name, title and badge number.

“Usually when you start asking questions they’ll start getting nervous and hang up because they can’t answer those questions,” she said.

Second, she recommended calling the sheriff’s office at 316-284-6960 if someone is unsure if there is a warrant in their name, or if they have questions about this scam.

“We’d be more than happy to answer their questions to give people that peace of mind,” Flavin said. 

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